Can Socializing Help Burn Fat?

Having a social life is known to improve mood and mental health. Research that was conducted at Ohio State University suggests that it may also induce a reaction in the body that leads to the transition of calorie-storing white fat into energy-burning brown fat. 

In a mouse model, a team of scientists found that rodents placed in a socially enriched environment had significantly less abdominal fat than their counterparts that led solitary, sedentary lifestyles.

"Loneliness is a profound factor for cancer and death; it's on par with cigarette smoking," said co-author Lei Cao. "Social engagement is very important."

Additionally, the researchers observed that social rodents experienced an increase in brain-derived neurotrophic factor, which is known to improve learning and memory skills.

Authors of the study noted that it was previously believed that brown fat existed only in babies to help keep them warm. It was later found that adults have deposits of the beneficial fat, that increase with prolonged exposure to cold temperatures or the activation of the sympathetic nervous system.

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